Israeli settlement activity appears to surge in Trump era
With little resistance from a friendly White House, Israel has launched a new settlement push in the West Bank since President Donald Trump took office, laying the groundwork for what could be the largest construction binge in years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.
The figures, gathered from official government sources by the anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now, show an increase in building in 2018 and a sharp spike in planning for future construction.
This trend has only deepened Palestinian mistrust of the Trump administration as it says it is preparing to roll out a peace plan. Each new settlement expansion further diminishes the chances of setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel.